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aliceanne
06-06-2012, 06:18 PM
I still don't understand why people are acting like these skaters are chosing between a college degree and Olympic Medals. They can do both. They will be able to finish their degrees when they are done skating. Plenty of people don't finish their college degrees until their mid to late 20s for reasons that aren't nearly as impressive as winning an Olympic medal and they go on to have successful careers.

Not to mention most schools have online courses, independent study, and remote campuses.

kirkbiggestfan
06-06-2012, 06:36 PM
I wonder if Spillband will rebuild a program from scratch or join an already established dance center. Nowadays, ice dance centers require a huge amount of money, infrastructures, coaching staff. It is no surprise that the smaller centers have difficulties producing champions. The structures in Detroit, Canton or Lyon are very impressive. It takes time to build those champions factories. He has all the skills and connections to do it, but he seems to have been caught off guard.

B.Cooper
06-06-2012, 06:56 PM
I am not so sure of that. "Stars on Ice" is struggling financially nowadays. They could not find any sponsor for the US tour this year. There are not many ice shows left in the US. The skaters may have some opportunities overseas, but that's it.

Even Disson Skating has cut down on the number of shows that they are producing this upcoming season in the US...lack of interest and lack of sponsorship.

overedge
06-06-2012, 06:59 PM
Even Disson Skating has cut down on the number of shows that they are producing this upcoming season in the US...lack of interest and lack of sponsorship.
I think their choice of bland musical acts might have contributed to "lack of interest".
SOI Canada had very contemporary musical choices this year and got way better reviews than it has in some time.

kittyjake5
06-06-2012, 07:02 PM
Response Tweet from SC-V/M are still with Marina

http://twitter.com/SkateCanada/status/210403276372459520

Prancer
06-06-2012, 07:09 PM
I still don't understand why people are acting like these skaters are chosing between a college degree and Olympic Medals. They can do both. They will be able to finish their degrees when they are done skating. Plenty of people don't finish their college degrees until their mid to late 20s for reasons that aren't nearly as impressive as winning an Olympic medal and they go on to have successful careers.

I think that for some, college is all about the fabled "college experience" and not about the degree or the education, and that is something you miss if you go to college later in life or as a part-time or online student.

Personally, I would rather have the Olympic experience than the college experience, but that's me. School has never been the highlight of my life.

yunasashafan
06-06-2012, 07:14 PM
I think that for some, college is all about the fabled "college experience" and not about the degree or the education.

I am a college professor and I can attest to that :scream:

Lara
06-06-2012, 07:16 PM
In Ontario there is French instruction through Grade 9, but when you live in a community with no French presence and aren't exposed to the language outside French class hours, typically kids leave Grade 9 with a knowledge of some vocabulary and verb conjugations, but very limited ability to converse.

Agreed. And my brother grew up *in* Quebec and his French still isn't that great having been taught as a second language (in addition to living in an Anglo community).

I'm far from fluent compared to native French Canadians, and 10 years in the US hasn't helped - but French immersion in elementary school did make a big difference.

literaryfreak
06-06-2012, 07:23 PM
Response Tweet from SC-V/M are still with Marina

http://twitter.com/SkateCanada/status/210403276372459520

Thank you. I wonder if this counts as an official notice? I would have expected something more formal if so.

leafygreens
06-06-2012, 07:36 PM
I am not so sure of that. "Stars on Ice" is struggling financially nowadays. They could not find any sponsor for the US tour this year. There are not many ice shows left in the US. The skaters may have some opportunities overseas, but that's it.

It doesn't help that there are large swaths of the U.S. where they don't even do a show. Which is a shame because SOI is extremely entertaining. They do some really innovative routines that go beyond the Disson cheesefests.

DickButtonFan
06-06-2012, 07:37 PM
It seems like so many skating threads turn into a long discussion about college.:rofl:

Sedge
06-06-2012, 07:40 PM
New article today from Freep

http://www.freep.com/article/20120604/SPORTS18/120604082/Meryl-Davis-Charlie-White-choose-Marina-Zoueva-new-head-coach?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CSports

Confirms what we already know.

ETA..sorry 2 day old article...just came to me

Cheylana
06-06-2012, 07:43 PM
Personally, I would rather have the Olympic experience than the college experience, but that's me.
I'll join you on that lonely train! :lol:

Skittl1321
06-06-2012, 07:43 PM
Thank you. I wonder if this counts as an official notice? I would have expected something more formal if so.

Why do they need to give official public notice? As long as the coaches know.

literaryfreak
06-06-2012, 07:54 PM
Why do they need to give official public notice? As long as the coaches know.

Why did D/W and the Shibs give official statements then?

ETA: Icenetwork has put out an article that V/M are staying: http://web.icenetwork.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120606&content_id=32859900&vkey=ice_news. However, it is based entirely off the tweet.